The name Southcliffe is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the area known as Sutcliffe which had three locations in the county of Yorkshire
. The surname Southcliffe is a habitation
name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English words sùd
Therefore the original bearers of the name were referred to as the dwellers by the south cliffs.
Early Origins of the Southcliffe family
The surname Southcliffe was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was originally spelled Cartcliff, later becoming Skatcliffe, late Scaytcliffe, later Scaitliffe, later Scaytcliffe, later Skaitcliff, and later particularly when the branches included Yorkshire
, Sutcliffe. From about 1470 the Crossleys acquired Skatclyffe Hall in the parish of Rochdale in Lancashire
, and continued a series of intermarriages with their cousins in Yorkshire.
Early History of the Southcliffe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Southcliffe research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1550 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Southcliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Southcliffe Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Southcliffe has been spelled many different ways, including Sutcliff, Sutcliffe, Sutliff, Southcliffe and many more.
Early Notables of the Southcliffe family (pre 1700)
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Southcliffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Southcliffe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Southcliffes to arrive in North America: Sara and William Sutcliff and their 21 year old son Robert, who settled in New York in 1820; James Sutcliffe settled in Virginia in 1729; George, John, Joseph, Samuel and William Sutcliffe arrived in Philadelphia between 1841 and 1876..
The Southcliffe Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Foy en tout
Motto Translation: Faith in all